10 Best Value Restaurants in Tucson: Good Deals on Great Eats

Eating well doesn't have to cost a bundle. Case in point: Tucson's vibrant dining scene, which offers a wide variety of good value restaurants and cafes. 

If you're looking for greasy spoon breakfast fare, Tucson has several good options. BoBo's on busy Grant Avenue has a huge breakfast menu that's as delicious as it is affordable.

If you can make it to Frank's & Francisco's before 9 am on a weekday morning, you'll be rewarded with two eggs prepared in any style, served with home fries or hash browns and your choice of biscuit, toast or tortilla - all for less than two dollars. 

For those days when you're craving Vietnamese cuisine, check out Miss Saigon, a longtime Vietnamese restaurant that has long been popular with University of Arizona students. 

El Guero Canelo's has become a Tucson institution, recognized nationally as one of the city's top purveyors of the famous Sonoran hot dog. It's easy to come here with $10 in your pocket and leave feeling full, thanks to a budget menu of hot dogs, burritos, tacos and more. Plus, the salsa cart offers lots of free toppings, including grilled onion. 



Mac and Cheese lovers, be warned: stepping inside the dining room of Tucson's The Fix can be an overwhelming experience. This is a small eatery with a big menu, with dozens of takes on the classic Mac and Cheese bowl. Whether you're craving...  Read More



Inspired by the colorful streets of Tepatitlan, Jalisco in Mexico, Calle Tepa is Tucson's latest and greatest Mexican cafe. In a city full of great Mexican food, Calle Tepa manages to stand out from the pack for its great take on Jalisco street...  Read More



Pionic Pizza is a relative newcomer to the Tucson restaurant scene, but this modern pizzeria is already becoming a local favorite. The fast casual pizza spot delivers artisan-style pizza baked to crispy perfection in as fast as 90 seconds. You...  Read More



Tucson Tamale Company's slogan is "unwrap happiness." Well said. With more than 30 different types of tamales, from meaty and spicy to hearty vegan treats, Tucson Tamale Company is your source for authentic and creative tamales in the Old...  Read More



Roma Imports celebrates the spirit of the traditional Italian deli by staying true to its roots. The small shop carries a huge selection of Italian food goods, including high quality imported meats and cheeses. The menu features a large...  Read More



Bobo's Restaurant in Tucson offers home style and country breakfasts in a friendly neighborhood dining environment. This local greasy spoon is a favorite with breakfast-lovers looking for hot, tasty breakfast platters. You'll find the usual...  Read More



Corned beef hash and eggs is the favorite at Robert's, with good reason. It's the real thing! Of course there are other options, including just about every conceivable combination of eggs and breakfast meats is on the menu, along with plenty of...  Read More



The Contreras family of Tucson opened a small hot dog stand back in 1993 that dished out hot and tasty carne asada and the now-famous Sonora dog. Today, that small hot dog stand has evolved in a mini-empire, with three Tucson locations of El...  Read More



This small, University-area Vietnamese cafe has been a local neighborhood favorite for years. The sprawling menu focuses on fresh Vietnamese fare, with lots of vegetarian options available. Appetizers include fresh spring rolls stuffed with...  Read More



You won't find elegant dining rooms at Frank's, but that alone is part of this mid-century diner's charm. A long-time Tucson staple and one of the oldest diners in town, Frank's Restaurant is famous for its fast, friendly take on breakfast and...  Read More


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